With the election less than two weeks away, Everytown for Gun Safety, Michael Bloomberg’s wholly-owned AstroTurfed “gun safety” operation, has told the Miami Herald that it’s throwing a total of $3.8 million behind Democrat candidates running for cabinet seats. And $1.8 million alone has been dumped into the campaigns of Agriculture Commissioner candidate Nikki Fried Attorney General candidate Sean Shaw.
The Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services runs the state’s concealed carry permitting system and Fried has stated that she wants to make getting a CWP in the Sunshine State a living hell. In her video message to the National Rifle Association, Fried stated:
“After the failures of the previous administration and their too-close-for-comfort relationship with the NRA, Floridians are ready for an independent leader who will get the job done.”
Of course she’s ever so proud that Everytown supports her mission to make the state “safer.”
Sean Shaw, a longtime Democrat member of the Florida Legislature, has built an entire career out of advocating for more gun control laws. If he’s elected as Attorney General, he’d use his office as a bully pulpit to push for still more restrictions while directing agencies to re-interpret existing laws (think of Massachusetts’ Attorney General Maura Healey’s unilateral “assault weapons” ban).
In a statement to Sunshine State News;
“As mayor of Florida’s capital city, Andrew Gillum has witnessed the deadly cost of the state’s weak firearm laws over the past several years, which has made him a vocal supporter of strengthening Florida’s gun laws. He knows that we can do more to protect Florida families while respecting the Second Amendment. Andrew will fight for expanding background checks and funding gun violence intervention programs in impacted communities while opposing efforts to arm teachers. As Floridians from all walks of life rise up to demand action on the gun violence crisis, Andrew has the courage to lead them towards a better, safer future.
America experienced three of the deadliest mass shootings in modern history over one five month span.. Over 38,000 people in our country were killed by a gun in 2016. Florida has not been immune to this deadly crisis—somebody is killed by a gun in the state every three hours. Andrew understands the toll this epidemic takes on Florida communities.
We are endorsing Andrew today because he acknowledges the heartbreak gun violence causes in his state, and he is working to stop it. His leadership will be critical for our next victories in Florida to prevent future tragedies. Giffords is proud to back Andrew Gillum, who has the courage to stand up to the corporate gun lobby.”
Bloomberg, of course, is bankrolling Gillum’s campaign too. One of his flacks told the Bradenton Herald . . .
“We worked closely with him as Mayor and he was completely fearless in taking on the NRA,” said Marc La Vorgna, a Bloomberg spokesman. “He represents the kind of political courage Florida needs in the statehouse.”
A search of the Florida Department of State’s Campaign Finance Database reveals the donation to Gillum’s Forward Florida PAC:
Also don’t forget that Florida Republican Sen. Bill Galvano sold out Second Amendment rights for a $200,000 donation from Daddy Bloombucks, too.
The good senator gave some of that cash to other anti-gun Republicans like Tampa Sen. Dana Young who got $75,000.
Florida is a major target for the Civilian Disarmament Industrial Complex this election season and they’re sparing no expense this go-around, buying up votes on both sides of the aisle.